World War 1 centenary at City Libraries

World War 1 100 years To mark the centenary of the armistice - the end of World War 1 (WW1) - City Libraries presents two fascinating events on one day, with Melbourne-based historian and biographer Ross McMullin, ahead of his appearance at Brisbane Writers Festival. Ross has researched and written extensively about Australian history and politics, including WW1, with a string of best-selling books and multiple awards to his name.

Understand Australia's most famous WW1 fighting general, Pompey Elliott, through his own words, and how Australian troops helped to change the course of the war at Villers-Bretonneux on the Somme.

WW1: 100 years events - Thursday 6 September 2018

11am to 12pm, Runaway Bay Library
Pompey Elliott: In his own words

Ross McMullin describes what Pompey Elliott wrote and said during WW1 as "extraordinarily frank, forthright, controversial and emotional. Because he expressed himself with such candid and vivid vigour... there is no other book quite like this one." Join the author as he brings the remarkable Pompey back to life, and be moved and inspired by the words and thoughts of Australia's most famous WW1 fighting general.

Book online now for this free event, or call Runaway Bay Library on 07 5581 7220.

6.30pm to 7.30pm, Robina Library
Villers-Bretonneux: What really happened?

In March 1918, the Germans launched an immense offensive that led to the gravest allied crisis of WWI. In rushing to the rescue in this climax of the conflict, Australian troops helped to change the course of the war, culminating in the celebrated counter-attack that recaptured the tactically vital town of Villers-Bretonneux. Ross McMullin’s illustrated presentation will illuminate the background context and tell the absorbing story of what happened.

Book online now for this free event, or call Robina Library on 07 5581 1600.

About Ross McMullin

Ross McMullin Ross McMullin is one of Australia's leading World War 1 historians and biographers. His biography Pompey Elliott won awards for literature and biography. With the publication of Ross’s most recent book Pompey Elliott at War: In his own words, Pompey is the voice of a riveting Australian personal narrative of World War 1. Ross McMullin’s previous book Farewell, dear people: Biographies of Australia’s lost generation was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History and the National Cultural Award. His books also include Will Dyson: Australia’s Radical Genius, a biography of the remarkably talented artist–writer who was Australia’s first official war artist. Other books include the centenary ALP history The Light on the Hill, and another political history So Monstrous a Travesty: Chris Watson and the World’s First National Labour Government. Ross has also contributed to numerous other books, periodicals and newspapers.

About the armistice

The World War 1 armistice of 11 November 1918 ended the fighting on land, sea and air between the allies and Germany, their last opponent. It is also known as the Armistice of Compiegne, the place where it was signed. It came into force at 11am Paris time (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month).

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